Great piece written by our friend, Mark Heisler. This Lakers team, especially Kobe, has had a no nonsense attitude going into this Finals series. That mental edge alone can help lift this team past a young Orlando team without any Finals experience.
L.A. Times: Did you ever notice you can never find a conspiracy when you need one?
That Kobe Bryant-LeBron James matchup we didn’t get started looking a lot better Thursday night as the Lakers reduced the Orlando Magic to its constituent parts, which it must try to put back together by Sunday.
For the record, as every player associated with both teams emphasized, it was one game and this isn’t over.
It just feels as if it is.
Not that Cleveland looked so impressive by the end of the Eastern Conference finals, but having failed to deliver the Cavaliers to these Finals, the NBA is stuck with the Magic as half of the bill.
Orlando came in with a reputation as a dragon slayer, but they may not have any dragons quite like this in the East.
Picture a huge footprint, stamped into the Earth.
Picture the Magic, flattened at the bottom of it.
The Lakers came in with a newfound humility, though that may be in jeopardy now.
On the other hand, these are the New Scary Look Lakers.